Hon Vanterpool was at the time speaking during the debates on the Motion for Constitutional Review at the Thirteenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on July 28, 2020.
'You don't respect the Premier, this constitution, if you going to tell me that the Premier and his Ministers are the Cabinet and this explanatory note behind it says the Governor is the Chairman," Hon Vanterpool said regarding the Governor's position in Cabinet.
"You not no member of the Cabinet, but yet you're telling me that you have to chair the Cabinet?" Hon Vanterpool asked rhetorically of the Governor's seat currently held by H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert.
Hon Vanterpool revealed that many past VI Governors would use the steering committee to dictate and say what policies would go on the Cabinet agenda.
"Now what is that? That's respect? The People have elected a Premier and four Ministers to form the Cabinet and the Cabinet must be determined by somebody else?"
"Where is the respect and self-determination in that Mr Speaker?" Hon Vanterpool asked, adding: "We must go and bow down now and ask to change that, we can't decide ourselves, they must agree," Hon Vanterpool further went on to say.
He reiterated that the VI and UK partnership is not a modern one based on mutual respect and self-determination, but rather, an arrangement where the UK dictates to the Territory.
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